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Hello fellow tripawd parents, I have a question about a chemo drug called Cyclophosphamide 16 mg. Our boy Ryder has just started this drug (this morning) and in the precautionary notes it says: "Do not allow your animal to urinate or defecate in public places until your veterinarian says it is okay to do so."
My question is how dangerous is it for our 1 year old puppy to share the same backyard for potty breaks? Of course we supervise Ryder and immediately pick up his poo before allowing the pup into the yard but I worry that it is still dangerous.
(Ryder has been taken off the other chemo protocol because his has mets in his lung now so he is on the metronomic chemotherapy which means that he will take a pill every day instead of IV every 3 weeks.)
Hi Georgiana, I'll let Dr. Pam chime in on this but meanwhile ...
It's our understanding that as long as your pup (or you, or others in the home) don't come into direct contact with the (fresh) urine while it's wet, that it's safe for them to share the yard. To be extra safe, keep Ryder's pee spot in one part of the yard if that's possible.
How is Ryder doing now? Hope he's doing well!
Hi Jerry, thanks for asking. Ryder continues to be his sweet happy self, has a great appetite and always ready for a belly rub. He has been playing with puppy Grace for a couple of weeks now. Just lying on the floor, face 'chewing' (as I call it). He has become more of a 'talker' than he ever was, especially during swim therapy.
Oncology doctor returned my call this afternoon and she said that the metronomic chemo that he is receiving is such a minute amount that it is not dangerous to other dogs. Phew! That's a relief for me.
Oh how cool I'm so glad to hear he's doing great! Don't you just love that face chewing with dogs? So darn cute.
Thanks for letting us know what your onco vet said. We learn so much from one another, it's super helpful for all of us to know these things.
Give Ryder and Grace some extra smooches and belly rubs from us! Keep in touch.
22 August 2008